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The Name Albert - Origin and Meaning of Albert

The Name Albert - Origin and Meaning of Albert



Origin of the Name Albert

Old High German

Usage of the Name Albert

English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian

Meaning of the Name Albert

The name Albert comes from Albert, the Old French form of the Germanic name Adelbrecht, which is derived from the Germanic elements "adal" - "noble" and "beraht" - "bright, famous". There was also an Old English cognate Æþelbeorht (also spelled Æthelbeorht, Aethelbeorht, Æthelberht, Æthelbert, Aethelberht, etc.), but Albert replaced it after the Norman invasion. As an English name it became popular when Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819 - 1861) married Queen Victoria in the 19th century.

Interesting Facts about Albert

- The stem of a pocket watch that winds the clock and sets the time is called the albert, after Prince Albert, who was the first to own this kind of watch after its invention.
- Also named for Prince Albert, the Albert Medal was awarded to life-saving heroes throughout the empire, then commonwealth, from 1866 to 1971, and the annual Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts rewards someone who has led positive societal change.
- In the Great Rift Valley of central Africa lies Lake Albert, between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
- There is an Albert Canal in Belgium between Liège and Antwerp.
- There is also an asteroid named 719 Albert that was lost for 89 years before astronomers were able to find it again.

Famous Bearers

Bearers of the name include Albert of Saxony (c. 1320 - 1390), a German philosopher; Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902), a German-American painter; Albert Marquet (1875 - 1947), a French painter; Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), a Jewish-German-American theoretical physicist; Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), a French author, philosopher, and journalist; Albert King (1923 - 1992), an American guitarist and singer; Albert Brooks (born 1947), an American actor and film director.

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